Beer and Cheese Soup

2010 November 4
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by Dave

I read The Art of Manliness quite religiously. Yesterday saw a very interesting post. It was a post about soup. One of those was a Beer and Cheese soup.

I’ve never had Beer and Cheese soup, and chances are it won’t get me drunk. That said, I’m still going to have to give it a shot.

So go to The Art Of Manliness, and check out the post.

Also, I’d love to hear how else you folks out there cook with hooch.

5 Reasons I Don’t Like Gin

2010 November 3
by Dave

A lot of people ask me, “Dave, why don’t you like gin?” Okay, I lied. No one has ever asked me that . But the hard and fast, the long and short  of it is that I don’t like gin. Never did. Sure, on numerous occasions I give it another shot; a different cocktail, a new label, a prettier garnish. But in the end, no matter what I do, the first taste of that stuff makes the hairs on the back of neck stand straight up and my stomach turn over a couple time.

Why do I find gin so vile and offensive? Here’s a little bit of insight.

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American Classics: Coors

2010 October 15
by Dave

http://www.coors.com

My stepfather was a Coors man. Coors isn’t a very popular beer where I live. The macrobrew market is dominated by Budweiser and Bud-Light. He was a rebel, my stepdad. He never did things the way that others did them, and he drank his beer is way, Coors from a long-neck, straight out of the fridge. I can see him now sitting outside after cutting the grass, slowly nursing a frosty brew. We used to go camping a lot up in Toledo Bend, and there was always a case of Coors in the gear box. In fact, Coors is so important to my childhood, that there is still a Coors Party Ball box full of kindergarten art sitting around somewhere in my parent’s house. It was at the top of my closet growing up.

I find that Coors is the most illustrious, and often unsung macro beer that made the American Beer tradition great. It’s a mysterious beer that not too many talk about. But I think you’ll find, if you’re bold enough to give it a try, that you’ll enjoy it as much as me. And you don’t even have to smuggle it in from Texarkana anymore!

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The Middle Sister, Two Days Later

2010 October 14
by Dave

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They say that time heals all wounds. They also say that time flies when you’re having fun. Since I’ve been alive, I’ve been trying to figure out just who they are, and what the big deal was. Both hold true when it comes to drinking, specially wine. Wines, especially my beloved cabs, always do well with a couple of days on them. They get to breath, stretch their legs, turn all of those  yucky tannins into delicious flavor compounds.

I kept that bottle of Middle Sister around and tasted it over the course of 2 days.  This is what I came up with:

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Looking Good in an Awkward Situation

2010 October 13
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by Dave

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In my line of work, there is the occasional call to attend an after work function of some kind. In the beginning I am always excited. I love parties. I love food and drink. I love celebrations. Let’s face it, I just love getting out of my house. I eagerly volunteer my presence with a sheen in my eye that can only be described as sheer elation.

I dream for days of the wine and hor d’oerves. I can see myself, flute in one hand and empty cocktail napkin in the other, laughing at the genius of my compatriots. I am, after all, the life of any party.

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Middle Sister Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 October 12
by Dave

www.middlesisterwines.com

Every now and then growing up my parents had wine around the house. More often then not it was Beringer White Zinfedel. There was the occasional box of Franzia, and not to mention my mother’s wine coolers. Needless to say I got acquainted with cheap hooch early on in life, and loved it from the very start. Back then, cheap wine tried to be high class. It had pasted on parchment labels with calligraphy all over, real cork stoppers, and marketing that made it seem like wine that the French have been drinking all their lives.

But this self-imposed imaged always seemed to me about as high class as the final episode of Dallas. Now, there’s nothing wrong with cheap wine. Recent history has seen a rise in fun, good table wines. They’re inexpensive, surprisingly delicious, and can be purchased in an honest to God glass bottle. They don’t pretend to be anything but cheap, fun wine. They have a sense of humor, and that’s something I hugely respect.

One of the wines to come out of this movement is the Middle Sister. When it comes to my wine, I drink mostly cabs, so that’s the one I picked up at the store the other day.

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Burgersmith Ale

2010 October 11
by Dave
Burgersmith Ale

After a couple swallows of the head

Ever since I spent some time in Baton Rouge and had a “House Beer” at a little place called Schlittz & Giggles, I’ve been fascinated by the concept. Most of the time when a restaurant features house drinks, it means it’s dirty, not so good, but cheap and will get the job done. Think about it. House margaritas, House wine by the glass. They’re the cheap alternative made with lesser ingredients for people who just don’t care, people like me.

Well, when it comes to Burgersmith Ale, featured at The Burgersmith, a local fast casual burger place that also has a nice repertoire of beers, this is simply not the case. Brewed by Louisiana brewery Heiner Brau (brewer of fine other house beers for Zea’s), this great, lighter ale stands up to any of the other microbrews on tap.

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Vodka, and What to do With It

2010 October 7
by Dave
Atomic Energy Commission

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I’ve got this handle bottle of Skyy Vodka sitting in my bar. It’s never been opened, and has been sitting here for almost a year now. It was purchased for world’s lamest New Year’s Party. My fiancee and I went to the liquor store the day of and spent well over $100 on various things. There was a bottle of Jameson, Bailey’s, Black Seal Rum, a few different types of beer, some random cheap champagne, and that giant bottle of Skyy. I’m still not sure why we bought. Neither one of us like vodka, and by that point only three people had confirmed they were coming (and only four showed up). “Just in case,” she told me, “Just in case”.

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American Classics: Miller High Life

2010 October 6
by Dave
2 bottles of miller high life

http://www.millerhighlife.com

Beer might have been invented by the gods, but it was perfected right here on Earth.  And despite what the snobs want to tell you, some of the best of it came from right here in America, by hard working Germans. In this series we will explore the great American classics; the beers that built this nation.

I figured what better place to start than my personal favorite, Miller High Life. It’s a beer I turn to when I’m in need of a good, honest beer. It’s a beer I can rely on. So what exactly is the High Life? Where did it come from? Why did God see it fit to give this nectar to us mere mortals. These questions and more, will soon be answered.

1903: The Revolution was Born

1824 saw the birth of Mr. Friedrich Eduard Johannes Müller (Americanized to Miller) in a small town, located in Southern Germany. He emigrated to America and formed the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Well, come 1888, Mr. Miller died of cancer. His legacy, however, lived on. Miller High Life first hit the shelves in 1903.  Since then, the fun hasn’t stopped, save that 13 year “Noble Experiment”.

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Abita Golden

2010 October 5
by Dave
Abita Golden

http://www.abita.com

As any self respecting Louisiana resident, I’m a fan of Abita beer. Brewed a couple of hours away as the crow flies, it doesn’t get a whole lot fresher than this.  While there are other wonderful craft breweries around Louisiana, Abita was the first in recent history to really garner serious national, mass market attention (Historic Louisiana Hooch is another series all together).

Their big beer was, and is, Abita Amber, followed closely by Turbodog. Now, I generally don’t like dark beers (that’s a whole other rant) so I unfortunately don’t drink a lot of Abita. I do like their IPAs, Restoration Ale and Jockamo IPA, coming in at 20 and a delicious 52 IBUs respectively.  I’m also a fan of their Strawberry Harvest brew.

However, none of those prepared me for Abita Golden.

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